I've just purchased a 20Long tank and would like some input from you experts before I throw those things in there, so they won't need to suffer like our betta did.
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My wife bought a betta in a tiny bowl for my daughter about 2 months ago.
After watching the poor thing suffer I took over as the care giver and got him a 2.5 gallon, did the research and the remedies for his mouth fungus and fin rot.
I enjoyed taking care of the poor fellow (doing much better now) and I wanted some more fish. I tried putting some glass shrimps in his tank and they became a delicious treat.
I've also seen a lot of beautiful aquascaping while surfing the web and want to try one out.
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The tank will have an Aquaclear 50. Might be much but is only 4 dollars more than the 30.
Half the tank will be covered in short plants like marimo moss/moss ball, christmas moss, 1" japanese dwarf rush, 4" micro sword... the other half would be sand with some driftwood which will provide some cover. I will probably have 1 or 2 tall blade plants but overall not too much shade and might be fairly bright.
These are things I sorta want in order of importance.
6~ shrimps, ghost or bee shrimp maybe cherry. I'll take 3 Amanos instead of the little shrimps if they're gonna be someone's snack.
6~8 schooling fish, I don't want them to look cramped in the tank, I think something small and energetic would be nice. It needs to be ok with low plant cover and moderate light.
4 Kuhli Loach
i)I heard otos die easily unless the tank is mature. How long should the tank cycle before adding the otos?
ii)Can I have shrimp, otos and Kuhli Loaches?
I welcome any suggestions or pointing of other threads to educate myself.
I want to do this right the first time with as little dead fish as possible.